NEWS 1. Former RAC Ontario
North Regional Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT SK
Amateurs of Canada has received the sad news that former RAC Ontario
Director Larry Thivierge, VE3GT, became a Silent
Key on January 1, 2021.
RAC would like to extend its
sincere condolences to his family and friends.
addition to serving as RAC Ontario North Director from 2000 to 2002,
Larry also served
as the Ontario Section Manager for the
Canadian Radio Relay League and
Radio Amateurs of Canada from
1976 to 1999.
Please stay tuned to the March-April 2021 issue
of The Canadian Amateur magazine
for additional information.
-- Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, President, Radio Amateurs of
Canada 2. Northernmost Reverse Beacon Net Node in
Thanks to a grant from the Yasme
Foundation, the northernmost Reverse Beacon Net (RBN)
Europe went online on December 22. It was made possible by a Yasme
initiative to provide additional Reverse Beacon
Network nodes in underserved areas.
This node is hosted
by Radio Arcala, OH8X, very close to the Lapland Region. At and
above the Arctic Circle during hours of darkness. Polar path
propagation offers a
footprint covering all of North America
for many hours, even for stations within the auroral
OH8X RBN node will further help the study of the polar path mode.
The RBN node receiver is currently located at 65-11-03N
and 26-14-53E, but may later
be moved even farther north to be
into the heart of the auroral region of the Arctic Circle.
Thanks to Radio Arcala for the info ITEMS
3. Listen to digital
modes on any android device - droidstar for android download
software connects to D-STAR, DMR, Fusion, NXDN, P25, and M17
and gateways/repeaters over UDP. It uses open source
vocoder software for all modes,
and requires no AMBE hardware
ro remote servers. Dstar encoding is currently
for QSOs, so TX has been disabled.
there is also video by va3sii on youtube
ian, g3zhi 4. Special theme announced for World
Amateur Radio Day 2021
SARL News reports the IARU
Administrative Council has chosen 'Amateur Radio: Home but
Alone' as the theme for World Amateur Radio Day on Sunday, April 18,
In the days and weeks following the onset of the
pandemic radio amateurs reached out
spontaneously to one
another via the airwaves at the local, national and global levels.
Local “wellness nets” provided friendly voices and
regular status checks to those,
especially the elderly, who are
confined to their homes. “Stay safe” special event
stations in dozens of countries reminded us all of the
importance of limiting the
spread of the virus. On-the-air
activity was at an unprecedented level throughout
the rest of
2020, with record-breaking numbers of entries in the major contests.
While the development of effective vaccines offers hope
for a return to some semblance
of normality later in 2021, the
pandemic will still be with us when we mark World
Day 2021. This theme offers the opportunity for our Member Societies
to tailor meaningful messages to the general public about the
values of the global
amateur radio community.
Source SARL http://www.sarl.org.za/
This concludes this week's bulletin.
Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager
by: Paul Caccamo <va3pc @ rac.ca>